Hanoi: Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang died at the 108 Military Hospital in Hanoi due to a serious illness on Friday. He was 61. Quang had his last visit to the communist country last year.
Quang did not appear in public for more than a month last year, raising speculation about his health. His last public appearance was at a Politburo meeting of the ruling Communist Party and a reception for a Chinese delegation on Wednesday.
Quang was appointed to the role in April 2016. Before that, he had served as Minister of Public Security, an organisation with broad powers and a remit that includes intelligence gathering and thwarting domestic and foreign threats to the party.
He rose through party ranks to become a police general and member of Vietnam’s powerful decision-making Politburo.
Rumours of Quang’s illness had been swirling on social media for months.
At one of his last appearances, during a visit by Indonesian President Joko Widodo to Hanoi on Sep 11, Quang appeared visibly unwell and stumbled as he stepped onto a platform to inspect a guard of honour.